While I was in Washington DC earlier this month, I visited Arlington National Cemetery. It may seem morbid to some to visit a cemetery as a tourist attraction, but it was a must-see for me. As an active duty member of the US Air Force, I wanted to pay my respects to those who answered the call to serve before me. The grounds of Arlington are beautiful, and my visit left me with mixed emotions. I was saddened by the acres upon acres of the dead, while at the same time proud to honor them for their sacrifices to our country.
Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown
Kennedy Family Gravesites
Unfortunately, the JFK gravesite and memorial were under renovation at the time I visited. The site has just been returned to its regular configuration and is much more impressive.
Women in Military Service for America Memorial
This memorial is fairly new, and this was my first time visiting. It on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery and is well worth a visit. I am biased, but the stories of women who served in all of the US’s wars were fascinating. After you have visited the museum inside the structure, climb one of the staircases to the top for amazing views of the surrounding area as well as several beautiful quotes by and about women who have served.
My visit to Arlington National Cemetery was a moving experience. I left that day feeling a surge of love and respect for my fellow veterans, and my devotion to service to my country was renewed.
Have you visited Arlington National Cemetery? If not, would you?
Linking up with Bonnie of A Compass Rose for Travel Tuesday.